- Associated Press - Thursday, September 24, 2015

VERSHIRE, Vt. (AP) - Environmental Protection Agency officials say they will consolidate waste into a landfill and cap it as part of a proposal to clean up a Vermont copper mine.

EPA Project Manager Ed Hathaway tells Vermont Public Radio (https://bit.ly/1FhDJFV ) the pollution hasn’t spread to wells. But they’re contemplating what to do with contaminated water leaking from the Ely Copper Mine’s shafts.

The EPA says the deepest tunnels at the Vershire Superfund Site can’t be filled, so they’re planning to ban well drilling near the most polluted part of the property and set up a monitoring program.

The EPA’s more than $3 million cleanup is aimed at restoring the ecology. Hathaway says remediation will accommodate endangered bats and improve drinking water.

The public comment period for the project ends Oct. 8.

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Information from: WVPS-FM, https://www.vpr.net

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